Wednesday, January 04, 2006

KL Trip Dec 05 基隆玻之旅 クアラルンプールの旅


Went bck to Malaysia for holidays and i went to the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, (commonly called KL by malaysians) during my trip bck home this time.....i really liked it, went shopping and bought alot of clothes, Malaysian designers are THE BEST as far as i know cos Malaysian labels are just as chic, trendy and stylish as any other international labels PLUS they are SOOOO CHEAP! I like asian fashion so basically all European and American brands don;t suit my taste but even for those who like Western fashion trends, malaysian labels are the best cos they are just so cheap....i live in australia most of the time and so am familiar with the western style of fashion and prices here and having been to Tokyo to live for a few months last year, i am also well aware of Tokyo fashion and prices, i must say, based on designs and pricing, Malaysian brand labels are every bit as stylish as Aussie or Japanese labels BUT with a HUGE PRICE difference....ppl may think malaysian clothes could not possibly compare with japanese or aussie ones but they are every bit as good (though maybe the number of labels to choose from maybe abit less compared to aussie and definitely japanese labels) and for the same or similar kind of clothes, the price is HUGELY different. For example, the price of a top could be around A$120-200 or Y10 000 but in malaysia, a similar top of similar quality would cost only RM50-100 which would be equivalent to A$40 or Y3000 only. Thus, i never buy clothes in australia and only bought a few items in Tokyo during the summer sale....
Obviously went to the Twin Towers KLCC, MidValley MegaMall, Berjaya Times Square, Lot 10, Sungei Wang, etc for shopping and ate at Madam Kwan's for the 1st time as well as the Mandarin Oriental Chinese Restaurant. Both were good, liked Madam Kwan's Nasi Lemak (malaysia's most representative dish) as well as Mandarin Oriental's interior decorations....
Visitors to KL must visit the KL Twin Towers, formerly the world's tallest building but now second tallest after Taipei 101. Its architechural design is simply amazing and a photo opportunity....In fact i personally think it is SO much BETTER than the Taipei 101, which i have also been too, as in terms of design, it is extremely eye catching and unique whereas the Taipei 101 was kind of a dissapointment when i first saw it as it just didn't look that grand, it actually kinda looked quite dull, maybe cos KL TT is made of shiny steel which is shiny be it day or night. More importantly, the shopping mall inside the KL Twin Towers, KLCC, is packed with ppl and energy every day with officeworkers, tourists, families, teens,housewives,etc whereas the Taipei 101 mall leaves much to be desired being mostly empty during the weekdays and even having much less shops compared to KLCC. That doesn't mean that my readers who haven't been to Taipei 101 should stay away from it, its just my opinion, who knows, some ppl may disagree with me...
something about Malaysian democracy too.....i was surprised as i casually switched on the TV one morning in the hotel and tuned into local tv (which i seldom do since i watch cable almost all the time) and found a local program discussing malaysian civil rights and human rights and even having a malay human rights lawyer criticizing shortcomings and infringment of human rights in malaysia and callers calling in complaining about police brutality,etc...i mean this surprised me as only a few yrs ago, there would not have been this type of programs on air, furthermore, in Malaysia's top English newspaper, The Star, there is also a column by Marina Mahathir, Malaysia's ex-Prime Minister Mahathir's daughter,who is also active in the AIDS campaign, where she writes critical comments on some govt laws, one time being on a new Islamic law which would diminish the rights of muslim women in malaysia....this is all a positive step towards greater freedoms and rights for all Malaysians and something which makes me more proud of being Malaysian....

2 comments:

Javier Marti said...

Really interesting article. I still have to go to Asia!
I like your blog. English is not my mother tongue, but I hope I´ll write like you when I grow up!
If you want to see my blog, it is here

http://niquel757.blogspot.com

Regards
Javier

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